If you’ve been following my “Weekly News Roundup – India” features, you know that there are numerous budget-friendly smartphones released on a weekly basis, with a lot of them now featuring a large display, a quad-core processor, and a price tag under Rs 15,000. In order to cut down what would otherwise be an unending list, for the purposes of this guide, we’ll be taking a look at smartphones that boast not only quad-core smartphones, but those featuring a high resolution 720p display, with of course, a price point below Rs 15,000. Let’s take a look!
Micromax phones can be given credit for starting of the trend of budget-friendly quad-core smartphones in India, and was very well-received. Priced at less than Rs 15,000 and boasting a quad-core processor and 720p display, the Micromax A116 Canvas HD is still one of the most popular smartphones in this category.
The specifications of the Micromax A116 Canvas HD include a 5-inch IPS display with 1280×720 resolution, 1.2Ghz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage (1.77GB available to the user) expandable via microSD up to 32GB, 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, 2,000 mAh battery, dual-SIM support, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on-board.
Except for the internal storage, the specifications of the Micromax A116 Canvas HD are better than the Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro, and is more along the lines of the far more expensive Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X. Of course, the performance of the underclocked MediaTek processor isn’t at par, but if you’re in the market for a very wallet-friendly device, the Micromax A116 Canvas HD should definitely be considered.
Celkon is another local manufacturer hoping to make a name for itself in the highly-competitive budget smartphone market, and will certainly be able to do so with the recently launched Celkon A119Q Signature HD. With specifications similar to, if not better, than the Micromax A116 Canvas HD, the Celkon quad-core smartphone is a great buy at its price point.
The specifications of the Celkon A119Q HD include a 5-inch IPS display with 1280×720 resolution, 1.2Ghz quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage expandable via microSD up to 32GB, 12MP rear camera and 3MP front camera, 2,100 mAh battery, dual-SIM support, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on-board.
As you can see, it’s almost like Celkon has taken the Micromax device as a frame of reference and made things slightly better wherever possible, with the most interesting feature being the availability of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, which not many international OEMs can say either. If you’re in the market for a great budget-friendly quad-core smartphone, the Celkon A119Q Signature HD should definitely make your short list.
Celkon has Micromax beat as far as price is concerned as well, with a price tag of just Rs 12,499 (~$227). The Celkon A119Q Signature HD is available from online retailers SnapDeal here.
Zen Mobiles is also like every other Indian manufacturer, hoping to leave its mark in an industry wherever similar products from numerous local companies are released on a weekly basis. The Zen Ultrafone 701HD is one such product, which joins the ever-growing list of budget-friendly quad-core smartphones available in India.
The specifications list of the Zen Ultrafone 701HD is also very familiar, featuring a 5-inch IPS display with 1280×720 resolution, 1.2Ghz quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage expandable via microSD, 8MP rear camera and 3.2MP front camera, 2,000 mAh battery, dual-SIM support, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on-board.
As you can see, the specifications are definitely worth the price (below), and the fact that Indian manufacturers have moved to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for their latest device releases is great to see.
With specifications very similar across the board, it comes down to your personal choice as far as design is concerned, but Zen Mobiles also has the other companies beat when it comes to the price, but of course, not by much.
The Zen Ultrafone 701HD is available from online retailers Snapdeal, priced at Rs 11,999 (~$218).
As with every other smartphone on the less-than-Rs-15,000 list, the WickedLeak Wammy Passion Z is powered by a 1.2Ghz quad-core MediaTek processor. Of course, the standout feature of the WickedLeak Wammy Passion Z is the 5-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920×1080, which is definitely a step up from the 720p displays we’ve seen so far. Other specifications of the Wammy Passion Z include a 1.2Ghz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage expandable via microSD up to 64GB, 12MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, a 2,500 mAh battery, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on-board.
The impressive specifications are matched with an equally impressive price point, with the device priced at just Rs 14,990 (~$272), and is available from the WickedLeak website here.
As you can see, there are some great options available to you in every price category, and it’s absolutely amazing to think that regardless of the price range, each and every device on this list features a quad-core processor, with the Samsung Galaxy S4 boasting an octa-core processor.
There’s still a lot to look forward to this year from international OEMs, while local manufacturers are going to continue to produce some great devices at very budget-friendly prices, but if you’re in the market for a new smartphone now, you can check out all the great options above.